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    Default NVIDIA Publicly Releases Its OpenCL Linux Drivers

    Phoronix: NVIDIA Publicly Releases Its OpenCL Linux Drivers

    It's been no secret that NVIDIA has been working on an OpenCL Linux driver for their graphics processors just as AMD has been doing, but up until now their beta drivers were only available to registered NVIDIA developers. Today though -- on the same day as NVIDIA's OpenCL driver launch for Windows -- they have made their OpenCL support publicly available. From the OpenCL download page is all of the NVIDIA OpenCL work, which includes the NVIDIA 190.29 display driver for Linux x86 and Linux x86_64 that implements OpenCL 1.0 in all of its glory...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzU3Mw

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    Finally!

    On a more serious note, this is great, great news. I can't wait to start working with OpenCL - should provide a nice boost to pattern matching / image recognition algorithms.

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    NVidia leading again. Anyone seeing a pattern here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealNC View Post
    NVidia leading again. Anyone seeing a pattern here?
    Are you referencing that straight line I'm seeing?

    (although... ati/amd slooowly looking better and better).

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    Interesting EULA.

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    Too bad it is an old version. Sometimes the way they release drivers is a nightmare for distro packaging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealNC View Post
    NVidia leading again. Anyone seeing a pattern here?
    Well, remember that AMD released a CPU oriented OpenCL beta a few months ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtippett View Post
    Well, remember that AMD released a CPU oriented OpenCL beta a few months ago.
    Which happens to be completely broken on windows (functions are decorated with a "_" prefix, meaning you can't even link against the library). The Linux version thankfully works a little better than that, but still...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmpdir View Post
    Are you referencing that straight line I'm seeing?

    (although... ati/amd slooowly looking better and better).
    Good point. If you're already a lot ahead, it's not a definitive sign of improved performance that you stay ahead. Your competitor might just not have had enough time to catch you up yet.

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    At least this gives people something to use, so at the time AMD releases something that works, there might be a few OpenCL apps out there that we can use.

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